Volkswagen shared the first preview image of the MK8 Golf during the Golf 8 Supplier Summit in Wolfsburg Monday.
The MK8 Golf will be built in Wolfsurg, Germany following a large 1.8 billion euro investment (about $2 billion USD) by Volkswagen in the model family. VW currently sells the Golf in over 108 countries and has sold over 35 million of the vehicles to date, making it an extremely important part of the automaker’s future.
“Together with the I.D family, the introduction of the upcoming Golf generation will be the most strategically important product launch for the brand,” said VW board member Ralf Brandstatter. “We have reached the decisive second stage of the project.”
The first phase in the MK8 Golf’s development, selecting the suppliers, has already been completed. The automaker will now begin to tool up for production before the first vehicle rolls off the production line in about 75 weeks. The automaker says the new Golf will “meet customers’ requirements with respect to design, economics, CO2 values, comfort and reliability,” and will also “take Volkswagen into the era of fully connected vehicles with extended autonomous driving functions.” We’re also told it will “always be online and its digital cockpit and assistance systems will be the benchmark in terms of connectivity and safety.”
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The MK8 Golf should also have a range of gasoline, diesel and hybrid powertrains on offer, but we doubt any diesels will be making their way to the US or Canada. A 48V starter/generator system should also appear on almost all versions of the next-gen Golf for further fuel savings, Autocar reports. In the case of the GTI, the 48V system will be able to provide a temporary “boost” through way of an electric motor fitted to its standard seven-speed automatic gearbox.
We should find out more about the MK8 Golf sometime this year. Expect it to go on sale sometime in mid- to late-2019 in the US and Canada.
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